Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was one of the biggest movie stars of the silent era. Born in the United Kingdom, Chaplin was both a popular actor and talented film director, later co-founding United Artists in 1919 with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith.
Here are ten valuable Charlie Chaplin collectibles that are sure to please fans of "The Little Tramp," as Chaplin was affectionately called.
Charlie Chaplin A Burlesque on Carmen 1916 One Sheet Movie Poster
Original Charlie Chaplin movie posters can be worth big bucks. In 1916 Chaplin played the role of Darn Hosiery in the four-reel Essanay production of A Burlesque on Carmen. A standard one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in fine/very fine condition on linen sold at auction for $2,987.50.
A Burlesque on Carmen 1916 one sheet poster $2,987.50
Charlie Chaplin 1967 Signed Letter
Charlie Chaplin signatures are always in demand, particularly by collectors of old Hollywood. An April 13, 1967, signed letter on Chaplin's personal stationary in excellent condition brought $448.13 at auction.
Charlie Chaplin Autographed Photo
Charlie Chaplin autographed photos are among the most coveted in the silent movie field. A handsome 11x14-inch studio portrait signed by Chaplin and dated January 16, 1922, in very fine condition fetched $4,182.50 at auction. The original owner, a Dr. McLaughlin, had acquired this treasure through the mail.
Charlie Chaplin signed 1922 portrait $4,182.50
Charlie Chaplin Signed 1923 Movie Contract
On January 8, 1923, Charlie Chaplin inked a contract with Associated First National Pictures to make the silent film The Pilgrim (1923), for which he would earn $250,000 plus 50% of the total gross in excess of $500,000. And yes, that was a huge payday for 1923, illustrating Chaplin's strong box-office credentials. That contract sold at auction for $687.13.
Charlie Chaplin My Trip Abroad Book
A 1922 first edition of Charlie Chaplin's book My Trip Abroad, published in New York and London by Harper and Brothers, is a classic collectible. One example in fine condition and still in its all-important dust jacket brought $239 at auction.
Charlie Chaplin 1922 book $239
Charlie Chaplin Modern Times 1936 Movie Still
Modern Times, which features Charlie Chaplin as writer, director and star, is considered one of his masterpieces. It was Chaplin's final silent film, made during an era where sound pictures were already firmly established. A 1936 8x10 black-and-white still in fine/very fine condition picturing Chaplin as a factory worker sold at auction for $310.70.
Charlie Chaplin The Great Dictator Movie Still
Charlie Chaplin's stinging satire of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in 1940's The Great Dictator is the stuff of movie legend. An 8x10 black-and-white still in very fine+ condition featuring Chaplin as the mad Adenoid Hynkel Dictator of Tomania realized a top bid of $203.15 at auction.
Charlie Chaplin 1940 The Great Dictator publicity still $203.15
Charlie Chaplin The Gold Rush Lobby Card
Charlie Chaplin stars as The Lone Prospector in 1925's The Gold Rush. A theater lobby card (11x14-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $1,314.50.
Charlie Chaplin City Lights Swedish Movie Poster
Charlie Chaplin plays his patented Tramp in the 1931 movie classic City Lights, a film he also directed. An original Swedish one sheet poster (27.5x39.5-inches) in rolled fine/very fine condition brought $1,265 at auction.
City Lights 1931 Swedish poster $1,265
Charlie Chaplin 1920s Cardboard Puppet
Charlie Chaplin official merchandise was once the rage. A 1920s Dancing Charlie cardboard puppet with its original mailing envelope danced its way to a top bid of $36 at auction.
Dancing Charlie Chaplin puppet with mailer $36
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Lobby card from 1925's The Gold Rush $1,314.50
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